Gibsons Backstage Pass Features Jim Weider  
Jim with Chuck Berry

With Rockabilly Guitar, Lesson One and Lesson Two, the folks at Homespun have put together one of the best video guitar lessons available. Taught by Jim Weider, guitarist for the Band, the two-DVD set offers a king’s ransom of classic rock ’n’ roll. This is must-know material for anybody who really wants to play the music of the pioneers, and Weider is a genius at tracing the music up from its roots. With in-depth lessons on the styles of the great Scotty Moore, Paul Burlison, Duane Eddy, and Eddie Cochran, Weider points out where icons like Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck copped their first licks. Throughout, he is backed by one of the most incredible rhythm sections of all time: the Band’s Levon Helm on drums and the sorely missed Rick Danko playing doghouse bass.

Here is just a glimmer of what the lessons offer as Weider breaks down one of the most famous sounds in all music—Chuck Berry’s incredible intros. Master these while you’re waiting for the mailman to deliver your discs!

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Ari Surdoval

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